10 reasons to see newlyweeds

December 30, 2013

Shaka King’s Sundance-selected Newlyweeds recently went to DVD, On Demand and iTunes. If you haven’t gotten yourself a copy, below are 10 reasons it belongs in your collection.

By Justin Allen, AFROPUNK Contributor 


1. It’s not predictable

In that romantic comedy kind of way where you know the couple will go through turmoil just to end up happy at the end. It has its sharp turns, and one of its strengths is how it plays with your uncertainty.


2. Its comedy is accessible

Not one of those stoner comedies that inspires laughter only in people who…well, identify as stoners. If fact, because of this it avoids the “stoner comedy” label and is something completely its own. 


3. It’s great for multiple occasions

Date night? Chillin’ with friends? Need something poignant but lighthearted to watch on a lazy weekend afternoon? Full of romance and laughs, it’ll be a flick you regularly take out. Just maybe not when mom and dad come to visit.


4. It’s relevant

With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and implementation of medical marijuana availability in Massachusetts, could there be a more appropriate moment for such a smart movie about romantic love and Mary Jane?

5. Commentary without didacticism

Many movies centered around drug use veer into the lane of either mindless comedy or prolonged PSA announcement. However, the narrative of Nina and Lyle’s love does not attempt a clear solution to the topic of marijuana use, but complicates the dialogue, making both the movie and current U.S. politics that much more intriguing. 


6. Trae Harris and Amari Cheatom 

Harris and Cheatom are not playing Nina and Lyle–they practically are Nina and Lyle. With such skill, if you’ve yet to see any of their work, here’s where to start.


7. The characters are relatable

While I loved The Best Man Holiday, not all of us are headed to a luxurious getaway at a mansion with friends. For those in their twenties living and working in Brooklyn, this is for us. 


8. Brooklyn

Director Shaka King’s location specificity makes the movie that much more  three-dimensional and alive. Nina and Lyle’s borough of residence says just as much about their characters as their smoking habits.


9. Shaka King

A first-time director who also wrote the screenplay, King is already making space for himself in the movie industry. Be one of the first to get into his work so you can brag about it later. 

10. All the hype

You have to be dying to see it for yourself.